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“A strange enchanting land of loneliness;” read Art’s poem about the amber-colored waters of Tahquamenon Falls here. Thanks to my grandpa, I always knew how to pronounce and spell “Tahquamenon.”

My family hiked this amazing part of Michigan’s Upper Penisula many years ago, and reading the poem reminds me I’d love to return. As descriptive as the poem about the unique landscape is, “Root Beer Falls” really deserves a photo. Thanks to Jay Fitzgerald Photography for permission to share this beautiful shot.

Michigan's Tahquamenon River, which flows into Lake Superior, appears brown because vegetation along the river leaches tannins into the water. Photo courtesy of Jay Fitzgerald

That landscape has been inspiring poets for centuries. Here’s Longfellow with an alternate spelling, “Taquamenaw,” part of 1855’s “The Song of Hiawatha.”